New health-care and supportive housing facility planned for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – CBC

Centre to be named after philanthropist and former public health nurse, Lily Lee

Nov 09, 2022

A new health-care and housing facility is being planned for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood in hopes it can fill a much-needed gap in care for those living without a home.

The Lily Lee Health Centre, located at 58 West Hastings St., will act as an integrated health-care centre run by Vancouver Coastal Health, and will include 230 housing units — both desperately needed in the area.

Lily Lee, the centre’s namesake, was born and raised in Alert Bay, a village on Cormorant Island, on northeast Vancouver Island.

She left home at 16 to attend the University of British Columbia, where she studied to become a nurse, and ultimately became a public health nurse in the Downtown Eastside and its surrounding areas.

“Back then it was … simpler,” the 87-year-old told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko.

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